May 31st, 2008
07:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Florida compromise seats delegation, gives each half vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Rules and Bylaws Committee narrowly voted Saturday against a motion by panel member Alice Huffman to fully seat Florida's delegation, sparking chaos in the ballroom where the panel was meeting, before voting almost unanimously to seat the full delegation but halve its voting strength.

The crowd grew increasingly vocal during the vote over Huffman's motion, as many in the audience began shouting at the members of the committee, hissing and chanting "Denver! Denver!" the site of the Democratic National Convention this summer.

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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. WD

    HELLO!, Of course they will seat the delegates. this is the party that does everything they can to get around the law, tradition and propriety.

    The difference:

    Liberals – the ends justifies the means

    Conservative – the means is the only way to a just end.

    Did anyone really think this would not happen after the RFK comment by Hillary. Can anyone say Vince Foster?

    May 31, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. M.C.

    We shall see. Maybe we should go to Denver. If Hillary is not the nominee, MILLIONS of her supporters will vote for McCain. McCain is an honorable man and a Centrist. HILLARY FIRST!!!!

    May 31, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. aware

    McCain wins this round!

    Many Democrats will not vote for the far left fringe candidate Obama! there will be no Dem unity!

    Hillary is the smart choice 2008 and 2012 but the foolish Dems have anointed the fatally flawed candidate. Maybe Hillary should be on the McCain ticket. The Democrats have unraveled. 😦

    May 31, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. think about it

    While it is true that Hillarly likely would have one both MI and FL anyway, Obama has signifcantly closed the gap on clinton every state he has been able to campaign in. In Ohio he started out 20 points behind, campaigned there and lost by 10 points on election day.

    So Obama not being allowed to campaing in FL and Mi means that he lost by a larger margin than he would have had he campaigned, making it unfair for Hillary to demand ALL of the delegates

    May 31, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Della

    No registered voter should be mad at the DNC. They should be mad at their Secretaries of State. These secretaries put notariety at the will of their citizens rights to vote. It is unfortunate that the leadership of these two states wanted to outshine the states of Iowa and New Hampshire at the cost of the people's vote. With that being said, the entire process needs to be revamped. Democracy means the rule of the people. Forget the delegates, let we the regular everyday people decide who we want to represent and lead our country. Florida and Michigan voters, I encourage you to rethink who has your best interest at heart when voting for Secretary of State.

    May 31, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Conservative Sam

    Sen. Clinton should be ashamed of herself. Oppps!!! I'm sorry, it's the Clinton family – they should be proud of themselves. Challenge it on the floor Sen. Clinton. President Bill Clinton has made so many promises for financial gain to people that Sen. Clinton MUST get in the White House by any means necessary.

    Give it to her – Hillary for President. Monica Lewinski for Vice President.

    Bill – that's a DREAM ticket!!!

    May 31, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Tracy

    Hillarious supporters are truly uncivilized. They have disgraced themselves in much the same way as their candidate. Their lack of respect from the process today reflects Hillary's lack of respect for the rules of the party–unless they are slanted in her favor. I have never seen more Americans behavior with this level savagery. They have shown us that Clinton is certainly not deserving of our vote, let alone our respect. If Billary supporters cannot even sit through a democratic process and show respect for their fellow Americans, how can Hillary possibly lead a nation that is increasingly showing that they do not trust her or her fabricated leadership?

    May 31, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Steve

    My Democratic party took a stand in 2000 and 2004 and said count every vote. Not 1/2 a vote or 1/3 vote, all the vote.

    Does that only count when we like the outcome of counting those votes?

    So as of tomorrow I will be leaving the Democratic Party, anyone know a party that is not so hypocritical?

    May 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. A view from Canada

    Watching the Democrats self destruct. Amazing. Never would have thought they would lose to the Republicans this time around, but I think it is a growing possibility as two things happen:
    1) The Democrats eat their own, and
    2) Independents and undecideds become increasingly turned off at Democrat gong show.

    May 31, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Justmy02

    Hmm.... Maybe half the Florida Democrat voters should stay home in November. After all, then the Dems will have a full vote. Right?

    May 31, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Greg in Annapolis

    Finally! It wasn't an easy task, especially knowing that whatever the decision was, not everyone would be happy. It is a very fair compromise. Now we can move on to the General Election to defeat John McCain!
    Obama '08!

    May 31, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. HillaCrat-NoBama

    GO HILLARY! FIGHT ON! We do not want you to give up! We do not want Obama at the head of the ticket. OBAMA = MCGOVERN. OBAMA = STEVENSON. OBAMA = MONDALE. OBAMA = DUKAKIS. OBAMA = KERRY. OBAMA = HUMPHREY. OBAMA = CARTER. OBAMA = LOSER.


    May 31, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. lisa

    I do not understand why Clinton thinks that she should get all of Michigan and seat all of Florida. If the rule was broken they should not count or have a re-vote or half and half. I feel that as always there is something being fixed in this race. I was a Clinton fan but if she cheats to win the primary I am not sure if I can vote for her. I have always told my children that you have to be fair and do things the right way. Wow! I guess that that does not go for everyone. I have a real problem with people not following rules to win a race. I just want things to be fair and to be able to feel like the everyday people really do make the choice of who runs this country. OH WELL !

    May 31, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. Christina


    OBAMA '08

    Hang it up Hillary! It's over!!! And furthermore, get a grip on the stupid idiots that support you. Their behavior in the DNC meeting was absolutely uncalled for! You should be ashamed to support such a people!!!

    Take it to Denver and your political career will be ruined...OH, wait...IT ALREADY IS!!!!

    May 31, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. TEXAN

    GOOD JOB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Kathy Heckman

    I am furious with the ruling for today's committee meeting. Where is our democracy? I will be in Denver to protest these decisions. PLEASE Hilary take this to the Convention! I am tired of women being disregarded in this country and will take up the signs to demonstrate my anger. Today's rulings are total b.s.

    May 31, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. obama =supporter==ARKANSAS


    May 31, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Randy

    Shame on you Harold Ickes. The language and threats you used today, go against the fundamental purpose of these meetings. To provide a fair resolution to the issue of Florida and Michigan. I am beginning to feel that if you do take this to the credentials committee, that there is a sense of entitlement in the Clinton campaign. Your unwillingness to compromise is fundamentally undemocratic. You ignited an audience that stamped the Democratic party as divided, as they shouted and heckled commitee members. This is not democracy. You act like a dictator, threatening any opposition with ultimate destruction. I am ashamed to say that you are still considered part of the Democratic party, after resorting to threats and shear lunacy to make your case. There was no need for such hostile, and ultimately futile language. Please, I beg you, to act like a responsible democrat for once and allow this party to be unified.

    May 31, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. What's up CNN?

    Half delegate vote each? Why do caucus state delegates have more weight? The DNC is literally making a FL/MI delegate count for 12% of what a caucus vote counts for.

    May 31, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Ohioian

    it is sad in an election year so bad for the republican party Hillary wont bow out gracefully. Would she have been born a man she would know when it is over; stay down on the ground dont even think about getting back up. YOUR BEAT HILLARY, GO HOME PAY OFF YOUR OWN DEBTS and STAND BY YOUR MAN.

    May 31, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. Finally

    It is about time. The Hillary supporters that were there showed very little respect for the democratic process and thier candidate. Harold Icky (yes I meant icy, as in nasty) and his polictical posturing was disgusting. This was an opportunity to gain party unitiy, but the Hillary camp still wants to divide. It sickens me, because they knew the rules before hand and Hillary agreed publicly and privately to those rules.

    Lastly, Rules...Rule!!

    May 31, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. CARMEN

    no drama is no obama!!!!!! I rather vote for McCain

    May 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. Venus


    What a great show by Hillary's thugs!

    Way to go Obama!

    May 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. rene'

    lets get with it

    May 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    I'm glad it is finally settled what to do with MI & FL. No voters should feel cheated no matter who they are supporting and the Democratic Party come together behind the Democratic nominee.

    May 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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